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Theatrical take on corruption

G.S.
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Theatre Vizaibhasker’ play of a minister’s corruption and final reformation was well enacted.

In actionThe cast of the play Minister.
In actionThe cast of the play Minister.

Treading the path shown by former President Abdul Kalam Azad’s advice to script writers, to write themes to cleanse the political system, noted playwright and Central Sageetha Nataka Academy awardee Vizaibhasker penned the play titled ‘MINISTER’ that was staged at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, by Media Creations, under the aegis of Rasaranjani. Clever narrative thread weaves the drama into a fine tapestry that won audience appreciation.

The central theme focused on a corrupt politician’s mechanizations after he becomes Minister (Kota Sankara Rao) in amassing wealth and how he gets reformed. The playwright believes in elements of myth and humor to carry his message to people and creates accordingly the characters of a mythical ‘Mrutyuvu’ (god of dearth) and for humour a role played by S.M.Basha. The cast was a mix of noted thespians and TV artistes.

The ‘Shashtipoorthi’ celebrations of Minister Rajagopala Rao (Kota Sankara Rao) open the show. Other characters include his wife Tulasi (Jagadeeswari) and Personal Secretary Chinnikrishna (Malladi Bhasker). What he receives as gift is money tucked into bouquets. He also has a second woman Laskhmi (K.Santi) in his life.

On a day, the corrupt minister faces the god of death ‘Mrutyuvu’ (D.George) who arrives to take his life, saying sixty years of life was enough for him. A shocked minister pleads for another three months life as he had to settle family issues. Then the god of death reveals to minister his family’s designs. Minister Rajagopal is now a worried man and with a reformed mind pleads with ‘Mrutyuvu’ to give him three more months so that he can distribute all his wealth to people and undertake works for the benefit of the society. ‘Mrutyuvu’ agrees. The Minister undertakes the said measures,prepares a ‘Veelunama’ leaving (will) bequeathing his ill-gotten wealth to people and the legal property to his family. In frenzy his irate wife kills her son mistaking him to be her husband. The play ends saying a house is not just a place to serve the needs of a family, but a school that teaches Dharma.

Prakash as an officer Ananda Rao, Chandra Rao as builder, Sundarayya as lecturer Ramanadham and Anuradha as maid servant K.S.Krishnamurthy as the gunman played their roles well. All the artistes excelled in their performances. Kota Sankara Rao as the Minister gave well chiselled performance. The play was originally directed by Krishna Chaitanya. This play won many awards including a Nandi. The punch in Vizaibhasker’s dialogue was a strength in itself and received applause.

G.S.


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